BC: The End...
FC: The Ring Of General Macias Group Project: Director- Alyssa Gillikin Set Design- Blake Sides Lighting- Toshia Brown Dramaturgy- Nathan Cator Costume/Prop- Stephanie Beasley
1: The people of United States of America fought against each other, rather than with. It was the fight of the Civil War. North Vs. South. Neighbor on Neighbor. This play is written from the point of view of a member of the southern upper class. The readers' sympathies are with her as she struggles, against a background of bitter war, to defend the honor of the man she loves. Nevertheless, both she and the reader recognize, before the play is over, how desperate were the lives of the poor and enslaved and how justified the Union's actions were. CHARACTERS: Mary (Marico), the sister of General Macias Rachel (Raquel), the wife of General Macias Andrew De Lacey (Andres De La O), a general in the Union Army Clinton (Cleto), a private in the Union Army Braxton Bragg (Basilio Flores) , a general in the Confederate Army
2: Direction: | An interesting aspect of theatre is how you can make it relevant. I will admit that this play holds well in it's original setting. It is a tragedy, and therefore relates very well to everybody. Yet, somehow, I found that for our audience in Cullowhee, North Carolina, it begged for that twist that was a war we've all read a plethora of information about in history class. Time after time, we hear about the Civil War. This was a very distinctive choice to make and it did affect small amounts of the dialog and the character names. It is always a challenge to take a play and change it's time period. This time period, my entire group felt, fell right into place.
3: Setting: Civil War, 1864, around the time of the fall of Columbia, South Carolina. This takes place in the one home that did not get burned down. | The women are of the South and the men are from the North. It is our implication in this production that the North indeed won, as they truly did. | *One of our major character change choice was to have the character Clinton (Cleto) be of African American decent.
4: Setting: | In this scene we are in the main area of the house, this area is old civil war era, and is furnished with the grandest of comforts. they have the room set up with the the door leading up stairs on stage left with the closet on the left. two sofas, the book case is cased in ornate old oak wood. The house is an 1764 old colonial house.
5: The general idea of this set is to display a southern home. The design is accurate to the 1864 era, of the southern United States, in which this takes place.
6: Lighting: During this Scene there is one main lighting that will very soft and for the evening. There are lighting by candles on the chandelier and soft lighting coming in from the sides to add emphases on the theme of the setting being placed int the evening. When the characters are in action of the scene there will be a spot light on them but it will be a dim and soft lighting only to put more emphases on the characters. When the scene comes to a end the spotlight will dim and the curtains will close.
7: The intention of the lighting is to be extremely simplistic. The script never has anything that calls for unnatural lights. | The lighting during this scene will be very soft. There will be few spots (and where they are, they will only be at about 75% lit) and the main lighting of this room will come from overhead lighting of a chandelier. There will be a very evening effect about the lighting, as this is at night.
8: On February 17, 1865, Columbia surrendered to Sherman.Union forces were overwhelmed by throngs of liberated Federal prisoners and emancipated African Americans. Many soldiers took advantage of ample supplies of liquor in the city and began to drink. Fires began in the city, and high winds spread the flames across a wide area.
9: Most of the central city was destroyed. The burning of Columbia has engendered controversy ever since, with some claiming the fires were accidental, a deliberate act of vengeance, or perhaps set by retreating Confederate soldiers who lit cotton bales while leaving town. On that same day, the Confederates evacuated Charleston. On February 18, Sherman's forces destroyed virtually anything of military value in Columbia, including railroad depots, warehouses, arsenals, and machine shops.The house that this one act takes place in was one of the few houses left standing in all of Columbia
10: Costumes: A. Mary's nightgown (A white cotton with simple lace at the neck, bare feet) B. Rachel's evening gown (faded purple bustle gown with a light striped pattern and night slippers with a side lace) C. Andrew and Clinton's uniform (Andrew's uniform will be double-breasted dark blue frock coat with gold buttons in four groups of two, epaulets, a sash, and dark blue trousers compared to Clinton's uniform which will consist of a sky blue greatcoat with French cuffs, and sky blue trousers) D. Braxton's uniform (a gray shaded frock coat with a standing collar, double-breasted with two rows of seven brass buttons) E. Braxton's hat (brim hat with yellow tie string and confederate flag emblem) | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | F. Clinton's cap (navy blue with a black brim, and gold crossed muskets on the front) G. Andrew's hat (hardee hat style, black, yellow tie string, eagle badge, and silver crossed muskets under the badge) H. Insignias such as this general collar one will be part of the detailing. *Clinton and Andrew will wear Jefferson Davis boots. Braxton will wear gaiters. | H
11: Props: used in this scene- Figure 1 and 2 show the wedding ring and leather pouch that Andrew will reveal to Rachel as well as a small medal. | Used in this play- candles, books, bottle, a candle extinguisher, quilt, wine bottles, wine glasses, lantern(3), flintlock(4), smoking jacket(5), writing paper, quill and ink, necklace chain, | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 4 | 5